Comradeship among Craftsmen

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Project by Roz posted 1265 days ago 2213 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sorry this is not really a woodworking project. I want to tell you of a great kindness recently done toward my family by a fellow craftsman Larry Marsh whom I am proud to call my friend. Since I moved to West Alabama, Larry and I have occasionally helped one another with projects and he has done a lot of work for my wife.

The background to this story involves my mother who recently under went cancer surgery and is not a candidate for the chemo or radiation therapy she needs. I have been spending a lot more time in the assisted living home with her since this diagnosis.

Several of the other residents of the home expressed how much they love the benches I made, but the seats were too hard for them to sit on for long. My mother’s commit was something like, “I’m not going to sit on those hard things.” So armed with this information I called my friend Larry Marsh, the finest upholsterer I have ever known.

Larry made very dense cushions to fit from photos and measurements I supplied. Larry did this with out charging me for labor and did it in a week so my mother would be able to see them and possibly use them. Larry is a professional upholsterer and makes his living plying his craft which in my mind makes his selfless gesture even more poignant. The results were greatly appreciated by the residents and look really nice.

Larry is not a Lumberjock will probably never read this entry. It does not matter; I wanted to share the story of his kind and selfless deed with you.

Thank you Larry, you restore my faith in my fellow man.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 1265 days ago

Thanks for sharing; it is always encouraging to hear stories of kindness and generosity rather than the usual drek that makes the news.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 1265 days ago

Now stuff like “That” reaffirms my faith in humanity…. Wood working or not… Thank you for sharing and hats off to Larry. Its a fact that people like him makes this world go round….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 1265 days ago

Great story and nice looking benches. I know you are going thru a tough time, and my thoughts are with you and your mom.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 1265 days ago

upholstery is part of furniture making, so… great story!

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

Larry is the kind of guy I try my best to be like and fall short more often then not.
We’ll pray for your Mom.
Better days are coming Dan.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 1265 days ago

Nice, Great, Wonderful, Inspiring, Respectful. Our elders are our treasure and deserving the best we can give. Networking together we are stronger and are able to offer more than if standing alone.Thanks to all.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 1265 days ago

Thanks for sharing, Roz.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 1265 days ago

A good story thanks Roz

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1265 days ago

That is a good story, thank you and hang in there..

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#10 posted 1265 days ago

Awesome story, and beautiful seat covers, sorry to hear about your mother. Thanks for posting that story.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 1265 days ago

Mum is in very caring hands Terry and we wish you both all the best, God bless
“hats of to Larry” what a mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 1265 days ago

Maybe you could call it the completion of the benches ;-)) Great generosity on his part.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 1265 days ago

Society needs more people like Larry. Your a lucky person to have him as a friend.

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for Guys like Larry.


-- Guy,PEI

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#14 posted 1265 days ago

“it takes a village to raise a child”—and to care for our Elders.
What a wonderful story about community members helping each other: the woodworker making the benches, the upholsterer making the cushions, the assisted living home caring for those in need, and the recipients of all this love and care.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 1264 days ago

Great benches, great story, Terry.

My prayers are with you and your mother.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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